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Of more than 1,400 educator preparation programs in the country, fewer than 20 are collecting a set of common data specifically linking features of their programs to teacher effectiveness and teacher retention. Through the Trustees Education Initiative, the University of Wyoming will be among the few.
In 2017, College of Education Dean, D. Ray Reutzel was named a member of Deans for Impact, a national organization committed to transforming educator preparation and elevating the teaching profession. Its Common Indicators System (CIS) is a first-of-its-kind shared data system designed for making meaningful improvements in teacher candidate training.
When the Trustees Education Initiative launches the UW-E4 model for teacher education, the Common Indicators System will be integrated across its four phases: exploration; experiential learning; embedded practice; and entry into the profession.
With a precision never before possible, the Common Indicators System enables programs to make clear connections between particular teacher preparation approaches and evidence-based outcomes.
Student teacher observers use the proprietary Classroom Assessment Scoring System, which covers not only content understanding, but also the quality of interaction with students and how teacher candidates facilitate engaged learning through techniques such as analysis and brainstorming.
Teacher candidates provide perceptions about their own abilities using a Teaching Beliefs and Mindsets survey that draws on validated scales of self-efficacy and grit.
Recent graduates give feedback on their perceptions of the program that prepared them.
Employers give feedback on the effectiveness of UW-trained teachers they’ve hired.
Actionable data will be used to drive continuous program improvement and build UW student competencies. It will be used within the College of Education to cultivate collective ownership, shared understanding, responsive action, and innovation. By working with other Deans for Impact institutions, UW will contribute to and benefit from insights that lead ultimately to greater program – and teacher – effectiveness.